A perfect run
  |  First Published: June 2011

The Mid North Coast has experienced a marvellous month of angling for all species and in all locations.

Apart from a few days of southerly weather with a bit of rain, conditions have been perfect.

There has been only one slight rise in the Manning River above Wingham and this lasted only a few days. Otherwise everything has been perfect.

The mullet have been schooling in the mouth of the river and the jewfish and sharks have been moving up to get a feed.

Outside conditions have been excellent with water temperatures up to 25° and all sorts of fish feeding on the schools of baitfish in the area.


Local anglers and visitors alike have been enjoying the run of school jew in the mouth of the Manning. Live bait and soft plastics have worked on the schoolies with fish to 6kg taken regularly and an occasional fish of 10kg.

When the mullet were schooling in the backwater, jewies of 25kg and 28kg were taken on mullet slabs from the Gantry area and a 30kg fish was caught on a soft plastic from the end of the seawall.

The end of the wall is a fairly difficult spot to fish from and rock boots are a necessity when moving about on these slippery rocks.

Some monster bream to 1.5kg have been hitting live herring sent out under bobby corks for jewfish.

Flathead have still been taking yabbies, fish strips and soft plastics but most of the big breeders seem to have headed back upstream to spend the Winter.

Plenty of chopper tailor have been spun from the end of the seawall on metal lures and a stunning fish of 7kg was taken in among the small choppers.

This fish was weighed and photographed and is one of the largest tailor caught in this area in the past 50 years.


The beaches have produced heaps of small jew to 6kg on beach worms, squid and mackerel strips. The most productive times have been from first light until sun-up and from sundown until dark.

The jew sometimes bite on into the night but if you haven’t scored a fish by the time the stars are out then it could be a long night.

Some nice tailor to 2kg have been taken after dark on fresh bonito slabs. These fish seem to move around quite a bit and it is a day-to-day proposition as to where they will turn up.

Quality bream and salmon have also boosted the bags of the beach anglers.


Outside fishing has probably been better than the estuary and the beach and rock, with 2kg trag caught seemingly everywhere.

Smaller snapper have been plentiful but one 7kg fish has been caught on a plastics as a promise of things to come over Winter.

There have also been pearl perch to 4kg and a jew of 17kg was boated recently.

Flathead are still on the bite on the drift so there is no reason to come back without a feed on board.

Schools of slimy mackerel and garfish are have been off the coast and mack tuna, longtail tuna and bonito have been taking lures trolled around the schools of baitfish.

It appears that this Winter could be a bumper season for bream fishers in the Manning. The river conditions have been good and I see no problems to stop the bream spawning run being a beauty.

If the quality fish that are turning up south of here are any indication, there also should be a significant run of tailor to 2kg or 3kg on the beaches this Winter.

The weather predictions for the next couple of months seem to indicate much less rain as the la Niña abates so it should be great for all anglers.

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